5 September, 2008
On this teachers’ Day I must put on record my sincere gratitude for my students and some of my fellow colleagues. I have seen the best and the worst of human nature during the last one year and it is my students who have been more than a support to me. I am grateful to you for having this trust in me. What more awards would a teacher seek for?
It was a trying time when some of my very people, like Brutus, literally stabbed me making me gasp in wonder and disbelief when names unveiled in front of my eyes. I could not help but cry, “Et tu, Brute ?” My faith in the basic goodness of human beings was shattered to an extent that it was beyond repair but some of my friends realized their folly and had the great courage to put on record how wrong they had been in stabbing me from behind. I am grateful to all of them as I believe that to err is human but to acknowledge that misdeed is an act of great courage. My these friends, very aptly, deserve to be thanked on this special day—the Teachers’ Day! And for others who shy away from seeing straight in my eyes, I have nothing to say, neither disdain nor rebuke!
And the best support was to come from my students both the present ones and the ones having passed out long back. The long distance call of a worried and scared passed out student when he had received a mail about me conveying “… is no more” and his words “take care Ma’am” conveyed the concern that he felt for me. A line of openly appreciating my stand by some others made my days bearable. What more could I have asked for? A girl student having passed long back from my classes, wrote some generous words to me on a day when I needed something to uplift my sagging spirits. How could she know that I needed some kind words to reaffirm my self worth? If this is not the “omen” that Paul Coelho writes about in The Alchemist what else it is! A number of students wrote to me or commented on my blog exactly on the day when I needed this philip! Call it providence, a sign from the unknown or coincidence but I have started believing that God has predecided a purpose for our life and we have to perform that. And we have to perform it to the best of our ability and sincerity! Perhaps being a teacher was my purpose of life!
I take this opportunity to thank all of you for making me see another side of a teachers life when the relationship between the student and the teacher transcends all barriers of time, place and the confinement of the class. It is this feeling that makes all the teachers taking teaching as a calling and not just a profession! I am because of you otherwise I am nothing my dear students!
Thank you all!